The Huntingdonshire Concert Band (HCB) has presented a cheque to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

Members of the band raised £5,000 at their Massed Band Concert with the Band of the Irish Guards in November last year. This brings the total amount of money raised for SSAFA since 2009 to £29,000.

The concert at the Performing Arts Centre, in Huntingdon, featured 80 musicians and marked the final concert for Major Bruce Miller, musical director for the Irish Guards, who retired in 2017.

In thanking the band, Peter Scott, divisional secretary of SSAFA Huntingdon and East Cambridgeshire, said the concert was the highlight of the four concerts to date, underlining the close friendship that had built up between SSAFA and HCB since 2009.

SSAFA's press and publicity officer, wing commander Bob Carr also praised the hard work put in by David and Cathy McClintock, who are the musical director and president of HCB.

He said: “They have helped to make these concerts such an outstanding success as well as the high standard of musicianship and first class entertainment provided for appreciative audiences which had enabled SSAFA to raise its profile and the important work it undertakes.”